There are many ways to kill someone. You could strangle them, shoot them, stab them, poison them or drown them. Today we’re speaking about forensic science and helping you with some murder vocabulary so that you can understand it better.
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Ania is doing a Master’s in forensic science and asked if we can speak a bit about it. She wrote:
‘I would like to suggest a podcast about forensic science, criminal forensics, types of evidence, crime scene, toxicology, alibi, DNA analysis, laboratory and stuff like that … it would help me a lot and I think it would be interesting.’
Forensic Science – The scientific procedures used to solve crimes
Pathologist – doctor who examines dead bodies to find out the cause of death
Coroner – person who identifies dead bodies and cause of death, sometimes a trained forensic pathologist, depending on the country.
Autopsy or Post-mortem (examination) – an examination of a dead body to find out the cause of death
Physical evidence – fingerprints, footprints, hairs etc
DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid) – a substance that carries genetic information
toxicology – the branch of science concerned with the nature, effects, and detection of poisons.
ballistics is the study of motion, dynamics, angular movement, and effects of projectile units (bullets, missiles, and bombs).
To commit a crime / a murder / suicide
To kill / murder – a killer / a murderer
To shoot (with a gun) – a gunman/woman
To stab – apuñalar
To strangle / strangler – to kill by choking
To suffocate – asfixiar
To drown – ahogar(se) eg. The killer drowned the victim. / The man drowned.
To poison / a poisoner – envenenar
To rape – violar /a rapist
TOD – Time Of Death
Alibi – coartada
Have you ever had your fingerprints taken?
What’s the most effective way to kill someone? – the perfect murder?
In your opinion, what would be the most horrible way to die?
…and now it’s your turn to practise your English.
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